Hotel Check-In for Foreigners (& the Problem if your Partner is Indian) 104


After our long journey to Aurangabad, we wanted to check-in to our hotel as soon as possible, take a nap and freshen up. The receptionist at the hotel wanted to see a copy of my passport, visa and our marriage certificate before giving us our room key. I had not carried any form of identification with me. I started to panic, we were just so exhausted and this was the last thing we needed. What were we going to do? Where would we stay?

The receptionist at the hotel wanted to see a copy of my passport, visa and our marriage certificate before giving us our room key.

I later found this on India’s bureau of immigration website:

Any Hotel/ Guest House/ Dharmashala/Individual House/ University/ Hospital/ Institute/ Others etc. who provide accommodation to foreigners must submit the details of the residing foreigner in Form C to the Registration authorities within 24 hours of the arrival of the foreigner at their premises. This will help the registration authorities in locating and tracking the foreigners. 
Wow, ‘locating and tracking the foreigners’ sounds a little scary! If you are travelling around India as a tourist you will probably be carrying your passport with you anyway, but if you are a foreigner based somewhere and go on a trip remember to take copies of your passport and visa with you.

If you are in a Foreigner/Indian relationship you also may be asked to produce a copy of your marriage certificate if you stay in a hotel in India.

Some hotels in India strictly forbid Foreigners and Indians sharing a room.

If you’re a foreigner,  married to an Indian, make sure you have a copy of your marriage certificate at check-in otherwise you may have to pay for separate rooms.  If you are in a Foreigner/Indian relationship and are not married I would advise you call and check if the hotel will allow you to share a room before you book!

We were lucky, my husband gave a stern look to the receptionist, the receptionist looked at me wearing Indian clothes and sindoor and he gave us our room key. We were lucky on this occasion, we will always carry a copy of our marriage certificate and my visa in the future!! *lesson learnt*

 


About Lauren Mokasdar

Lauren fell in love on the internet, took a one way flight from England, got married & started a new life & bicultural family in India. She writes about finding happiness & balance between two very different worlds, when her baby takes a nap.


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